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Camila Izavelle D. CuencaGrade 10 – CommitmentChildhood and School Life of JosephStalin     Joseph Stalin was born on December 18,1879 in the Russian peasant village of Gori. He was the son of a simplecobbler, Besarion Jughashvili, and a washerwoman, Ketevan Geladze. They namedtheir son Losif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili, but later known as Joseph Stalin. Atage 7, he contracted smallpox, leaving his face scarred. A few years later hewas injured in a carriage accident which left arm slightly deformed (someaccounts state his arm trouble was a result of blood poisoning from theinjury).

He became ugly and he felt that he was different from other people. Hebecame a frail child. He gets too emotional whenever other children would teasehim. Because of his appearance, other children treated him cruelly anddifferently. Children would throw bad jokes on him and call him funny namesthat would insult Stalin. As a young child he is, he would fight back and tryto deny the fact that his appearance was like that. This caused Stalin’sinferiority. Even though people treated him badly, a bit of kindness and pityfor the people sparked through Stalin’s heart.

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He began a quest for greatnessand respect. He tried to be the “bigger person” so that people would realizethat they did him wrong. He gave too many chance for the people, yet nothingchanged.

After some time, he realized that he could no longer take all thedisrespectfulness from people. He was fed up and thought of changing his ownmindset. He then developed a cruel streak for those who crossed him. He didn’tcare anymore what other people would feel. He would hurt and not a bit of mercywould pass his mind.

His dad wasn’t really involved in making decisions for hislife, but he supported all the way, like most fathers would do. He prioritizedStalin’s wants and needs even though living a simple life. He didn’t suspect orknow about his son having an inferiority and developing a dangerous mindset forchild. No one in his family knew about what was really going on Stalin’s life.

He managed to keep it as a secret that even though things are way far from hisown plans, he would still go for it just to avoid any misunderstandings and revealinghis kept ideas.     Stalin’s mother was devout Russian OrthodoxChristian. She wanted Stalin to become a priest, which was a very ironic thingfor him since he already had a cruel mindset because of his inferiority. Hedidn’t refuse and try to battle his way out of church school. Instead, he didwell that he gained himself a scholarship to Tiflis Theological Seminary in1894. Over through the years, Stalin still had his evil quest because for somereason he couldn’t let go of the anger that was going through his heart andmind. Contemplating and very burdened after a long period of time, Stalin thenstayed with his decision of being cruel.

Even though Stalin was in churchschool, he had interest for government and independence. After a while, Stalinmet Messame Dassy, a secret organization that supported Georgian independencefrom Russia. Some of the members were socialists who introduced him to thewritings of Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin. Joseph joined the group in 1898.        Stalin excelled a lot in seminaryschool, but still left in 1899. Accounts differ as to the reason; officialschool records state he was unable to pay the tuition and withdrew. It’s alsospeculated he was asked to leave due to his political views challenging thetsarist regime of Nicholas II. He left school, but didn’t return home.

He stayedin Tiflis and devoted his time to revolutionary movement. For the meantime, hebecame a tutor and a clerk at the Tiflis Observatory. He taught children basiclessons and earned enough to keep him alive, while trying to let things fallinto his plan. Time passed, in 1901, he finally joined the Social DemocraticLabor Party and worked full-time for the revolutionary movement. He was happythat he was in a place that he would call “home” because he was finally doingsomething he likes and is passionate about despite the cruel mindset. A yearlater, he was arrested for coordinating a labor strike and exiled to Siberia,the first of his many arrests and exiles in the fledgling years of the RussianRevolution.

It was during this time that Joseph adopted the name”Stalin,” meaning steel in Russian. Cruel events started to happeneven though he was in prison. Stalin was being dominant and superior in hisgroup. He has instilled his past experiences that caused his inferiorityalready that he really became cruel and terrifying to everyone in his way.Being a natural, he excelled in this field.

Joseph Stalin excelled in themundane operations of the revolution, calling meetings, publishing leaflets andorganizing strikes and demonstrations. After escaping from exile, he was markedby the Okhranka, (the tsar’s secret police) as an outlaw and continued his workin hiding, raising money through robberies, kidnappings and extortion. Stalingained infamy being associated with the 1907 Tiflis bank robbery, whichresulted in several deaths and 250,000 rubles stolen (approximately $3.4million in U.S.

dollars). In February 1917, the Russian Revolution began. ByMarch, the tsar had abdicated the throne and was placed under house arrest. Noone can really stop him that even though he was in prison already, he stillmanaged to rise to power.

In April 1917, Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenindenounced the provisional government, arguing that the people should rise andtake control by seizing land from the rich and factories from the industrialists.By October, the revolution was complete, and the Bolsheviks were in control. Joseph Stalin was terrifying.The man was a ruthless, unrelenting dictator who killed millions of his ownpeople without a second thought, and his mark on history has been indelible. Hehad issues. He never stopped seeking for “revenge” that consumed him to becruel to everyone. He became completely blind to where to end and be contentedwith his own “justice”.

He said it himself: One death is a tragedy, one millionis a statistic, and Stalin sure left one. Throughout his reign (of terror), thedictator was responsible for the death of 20 million citizens, and 20 millionsoldiers and civilians who died in WWII.  He is the definition of hell, people wouldsay. He did the cruelest and most torture to people that might had nothing todo with Stalin. Stalin is an enigma, wrapped in a riddle, wrapped in amurderous dictator (wrapped in a mustache).